MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - The Central Michigan volleyball program was honored by the Michigan Senate and Michigan House of Representatives on Tuesday for its accomplishments during the 2011 campaign.
The Chippewas were welcomed to the Senate by Sen. Judy K. Emmons of Sheridan, who represents the central Michigan area, and to the House of Representatives by Rep. Kevin Cotter, representative of District 99.
CMU began the day in the Senate where Sen. Emmons introduced the team and awarded the Maroon and Gold with a specially framed tribute honoring their accomplishments. The Chippewas then took time to observe the Senate proceedings and followed it up with a tour of the Capitol building. After lunch, the Chippewas finished the day by being honored in the House of Representatives.
The Chippewas (19-14 overall, 8-8 MAC) won the program's first Mid-American Conference tournament championship, ending a 33-year drought, which earned them their first trip to the NCAA Tournament.
Along with the MAC tournament championship other accomplishments included head coach Erik Olson capturing career-win 100 and senior Kaitlyn Schultz becoming the 14th Chippewa to reach 1,000 career kills. As a team the Chippewas also posted their highest fall semester GPA under Olson at 3.49.